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Do you feel it, too?

From the inside
In fragments

Andante con moto
Recovering the pain


Liza composes in the religious and poetic register, fragments meant, in their truest form, to be delivered by the pained tenderness of voice.  

Fragments reveal the parameter of duration in which life is felt, and therefore, the parameter of duration in which this "is being composed."  

What occurs "inside the writing" is significant: the structuring force of the feeling generated along the way matters and the feeling lived out from the inside matters.  So, too, does the practical execution of the work carry significance.  This is the mode, referring to the modus operandi of the bearer, which is tentative, from tentativus, "testing, trying.”  Its poetry is not deliverance, but delivery, where the turbulence is rooted in беременность, difficulty in-gathering. 

What does it mean to live in the deepest part of the experience?  In her expression, Liza moves slowly toward touching the "lived-through," attending to the subtle, hidden contours of our lives.  Departing from the ground of phenomenology, religion, psychoanalysis, Jewish ethics and esoteric theology, music, and performance, Liza grasps at difficulty, sincerity, intimacy, struggle, longing, starvation, and love; modes of significance that entangle a person most deeply in life.  At the living tension, she writes for the difficult undemonstreable feeling inside, the weight of this essential pathos.  She seeks a living engagement with existence, with another.  Her expression is poetic and philosophical, opaque and tender, and necessarily emotional and existential. 

Liza was born in Jerusalem, into a Jewish musical family,—her mother, a Russian pianist, her father, a Georgian violin-maker—the emotional inheritance by which she feels herself carried.

She is earning a doctorate in Rhetoric, with Designated Emphases in Critical Theory and Jewish Studies, at the University of California, Berkeley.  She presently lives in Jerusalem, where she is a Visiting Scholar in Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as a Library Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.  

Her dissertation, Recovering the pain, is a meditation on the emotional and physical diffficulty of being alive.  But it goes beyond interpretation, it is itself a work of literature.